Things hot up in Chile

Panoramic view of Valparaíso.1

Valparaiso is Chile's bohemian open-air art gallery and a magnet for artists, writers and creative types.

Rio throws party for Tinder

Workers receive an angel hoisted by a crane to be installed on a carnival float for the second night of the Carnival parade of samba schools in Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome February 16, 2015.   REUTERS/Pilar Olivares (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY)

Rio's five-day-long Bacchanalia is the epicentre of flings, and hookup app wants to take advantage.

Middle Earth in Chile gallery

"Palafitos," wooden stilt houses, some centuries old, line the west shore of Fiordo de Castro bay.

Things are seldom what they seem here in Chile's little-known step-child, a cluster of green hills rising out of the Pacific Ocean.

In Photos: Rio's Carnival gallery

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - FEBRUARY 14: Performers for the Academicos de Santa Cruz samba school pose as they prepare to parade outside the Sapucai Sambodrome on February 14, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This year's official Carnival festivities run February 13-17. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The 5 days of over-the-top parades and raucous, alcohol-soaked street parties that make up Rio's famous Carnival has kicked off.

Getting down and dirty in Brazil gallery

MUD MADNESS: It's fun, it's original and it's exotic."

Forget sexy nurses and devils. At the Bloco da Lama Carnival street party, swamp creatures rule.

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